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Airline's 'flying nannies' pacify kids during flight

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 Etihad Airways' new apron-clad nannies perform magic tricks, paint faces, play with puppets, and conduct arts and crafts exercises with children. (Etihad Airways) It's every parent, child, and passenger who has been seated in the general vicinity of a rambunctious child aboard an aircraft's dream; something to keep kids quiet and happy during even the longest of flights.

This is exactly what the national airline of the United Arab Emirates envisioned when coming up with its concept of "Flying Nannies," a service rolled out this week aboard Etihad Airways.

According to a press release issued by the company, more than 300 cabin crew members have been trained up to the occasion of providing a 'helping hand' to families and unaccompanied minors during long haul flights.

The orange apron-clad nannies will be available at all times to entertain and engage children in creative ways, which includes performing magic tricks, face painting, playing with puppets, and arts and crafts.

"Flying with a young family can be a daunting task, even for the most experienced travellers," said Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways' Vice President Guest Services. "The Flying Nanny will liaise with parents and use their experience and knowledge to make the travel experience easier. This includes helping serve children's meals early in the flight and offering activities and challenges to help entertain and occupy younger guests."

The nannies have also been provided with training in the areas of child psychology and sociology from the renowned Norland College in the UK to help them identify different types of behavioural and developmental stages that children go through.

"Towards the end of the flight the Flying Nanny will help parents by replenishing milk bottles, and offering items such as water, fruit and other snacks especially if the family is transiting to another flight," reads the press release.

Not a bad idea, but to date it would appear as though Etihad Airways is alone in offering this unique, free service.

Would you pay extra for a 'Flying Nanny' or similar such helper aboard a flight if you had the option?

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